• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Minor code POLS-MIN

Political Science is the study of human relationships that involve power, rule, or authority.  It is about how societies govern themselves and how societies ought to be governed.  It is about the political behaviour of individuals and groups that occurs in all societies.  It is about those who have political power in society and those who do not.

Political Science is a broadly-based discipline offering courses that span a number of sub-fields. The first-year courses provide an introduction to the study of politics and international relations including core concepts and methods of analysis while later-year courses allow students to take more specialized courses within (and across) four principal areas:

  1. Political thought and political theory or ideas,
  2. Australian government and public policy,
  3. Comparative politics and comparative public policy including the study of particular countries or regions.


Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature and significance of politics and governance; and

  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of differences in political systems and the contexts in which they operate.

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

12 units from the completion of the following course(s):

POLS1002 - Introduction to Politics (6 units)

POLS1009 - Research and Writing in Political Science (6 units)

12 units from the completion of the following course(s):

ASIA2026 - The Politics of China (6 units)

ASIA2031 - Japanese Politics (6 units)

ASIA2049 - Politics and Society in Contemporary Korea (6 units)

ASIA2070 - Democracy in Southeast Asia (6 units)

ASIA2081 - Human Rights in Asia (6 units)

ASIA2516 - Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development (6 units)

ECON3056 - PPE Integration 3: Classic Literature in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (6 units)

HIST2227 - Australian Political History (6 units)

PHIL2113 - Global Justice (6 units)

POLS2009 - Bureaucracy, Politics and Power (6 units)

POLS2011 - Development and Change (6 units)

POLS2025 - Politics in Britain (6 units)

POLS2031 - Politics in the Middle East (6 units)

POLS2043 - Pressure Groups and Political Lobbying (6 units)

POLS2055 - Pacific Politics (6 units)

POLS2063 - Contemporary Political Theory (6 units)

POLS2069 - Politics in Russia (6 units)

POLS2102 - Political Belief and Deceit (6 units)

POLS2111 - Elections, Political Behaviour and Public Opinion in Australia (6 units)

POLS2114 - Australian Political Institutions (6 units)

POLS2119 - Ideas in Politics (6 units)

POLS2120 - Foundations of Political Theory (6 units)

POLS2125 - Game Theory and Social Sciences (6 units)

POLS2126 - Democracy and Dictatorship (6 units)

POLS2127 - U.S. Politics (6 units)

POLS2134 - Gender and Politics (6 units)

POLS2135 - Race, Ethnicity and Representation (6 units)

POLS2136 - Power and Influence in World Politics (6 units)

POLS3029 - Sharing Power: Federalism in Comparative Perspective (6 units)

POLS3031 - Comparative Judicial Politics (6 units)

POLS3036 - International Terrorism (6 units)

POLS3037 - Globalisation: Communications, Culture and Democracy (6 units)

POLS3041 - Applied Policy Project (6 units)

POLS3070 - Politics in Central Asia (6 units)

SOCY2030 - Social Inequalities and Development (6 units)

SOCY2038 - Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (6 units)

SOCY2043 - Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (6 units)

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